Prentiss Elliott, wide receiver
Elliot was a starter as a freshman and looked ready to be one of the Cowboys' key playmakers on offense and in the return game. But he was dismissed for off-the-field issues.
Brad Girtman, defensive tackle
Girtman likely would have challenged for a starting job in 2005 but was cut loose because of academic problems. He also made a throat-slashing gesture after a game.
Seymore Shaw, running back
Shaw, who was OSU's top returning rusher entering 2005, was not technically dismissed, but was suspended indefinitely before a court date after being charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors for breaking into a woman's house. Instead of waiting, Shaw transferred to Central Oklahoma.
Andrew Alexander, cornerback
Alexander's dismissal for violation of team rules was announced at the 2005 spring game and left OSU with just three scholarship cornerbacks.
Thomas Wright, safety
Wright, a projected starter at safety, was cut loose during fall camp.
Also dismissed that season: Walter Thomas, defensive tackle; Doug Bond, offensive lineman; William Bell, defensive lineman
Chris Collins, linebacker
Collins' recruitment and signing by OSU was scrutinized, and Collins was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old at a post-prom party in May of 2004 in Texarkana, Texas.
Also dismissed that season: Alex Odiari, linebacker
Jeremy Broadway, wide receiver
Broadway, a backup receiver, was dismissed for violating team rules. He had previously been suspended in 2007 for a marijuana incident but was reinstated.
William Cole, wide receiver
Hopes were high for Cole heading into the 2008 season. But he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in August, then was dismissed before the Holliday Bowl for violating team rules.
Also dismissed that season: Marcus Brown, linebacker; Calvin Mickens, safety; Paschal Smith, tight end
Damian Davis, wide receiver
Davis, the Cowboys' third-leading receiver in 2008, was dismissed for violating team rules. Like Nethon, he was allowed to come back to the team as a non-scholarship player, but he never saw the field again.